Champions Golf Tour
CHAMPIONS - Home Care & Hospice First Tee Open at Pebble Beach Preview
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DATES: Friday, September 3rd through Sunday, September 5th
SITE: Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach, California
         Del Monte Golf Course, Monterey, California
COURSE ARCHITECT: Douglas Grant, Jack Neville (1919) - Pebble Beach
         Charles Maud (1897) - Del Monte
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 6,837 (Pebble Beach)
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 380 Yds10 - Par 4 434 Yds
2 - Par 5 515 Yds11 - Par 4 381 Yds
3 - Par 4 405 Yds12 - Par 3 201 Yds
4 - Par 4 340 Yds13 - Par 4 396 Yds
5 - Par 3 187 Yds14 - Par 5 572 Yds
6 - Par 5 520 Yds15 - Par 4 396 Yds
7 - Par 3 110 Yds16 - Par 4 401 Yds
8 - Par 4 416 Yds17 - Par 3 178 Yds
9 - Par 4 462 Yds18 - Par 5 543 Yds
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36 3,335 Yds36 3,502 Yds
 
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 6,357 (Del Monte)
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 5 505 Yds10 - Par 4 293 Yds
2 - Par 4 328 Yds11 - Par 4 331 Yds
3 - Par 4 376 Yds12 - Par 3 163 Yds
4 - Par 3 178 Yds13 - Par 5 512 Yds
5 - Par 4 327 Yds14 - Par 3 218 Yds
6 - Par 3 196 Yds15 - Par 4 330 Yds
7 - Par 4 379 Yds16 - Par 4 421 Yds
8 - Par 4 384 Yds17 - Par 5 500 Yds
9 - Par 5 524 Yds18 - Par 4 392 Yds
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36 3,197 Yds36 3,160 Yds
 
Annual:  7th
Television:  Golf Channel - Friday/Saturday -- 6:30-8:30 p.m. (et),
  - Sunday -- 7-9:30 p.m. (et),
Defending Champion:  Jeff Sluman
Runner-Up:  Gene Jones
Tournament Record:  201 (Craig Stadler, 2004)
36-Hole Record:  132 (Loren Roberts, 2009)
Course Record (Pebble Beach):  63 (Craig Stadler, 2004)
Course Record (Del Monte):  64 (D.A. Weibring, 2006; Des Smyth, 2007)
Total Purse:  $1,800,000
Shares:  1st Place - $270,000; 2nd Place - $158,400; 3rd Place - $129,600
 
2009 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Jeff Sluman206David Eger210
Gene Jones208Loren Roberts210
Tom Lehman209Fred Funk211
Mark O'Meara209Tom Jenkins211
Olin Browne210Mark McNulty211
Tom Watson211
 
Past Home Care & Hospice First Tee Open at Pebble Beach Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2009Jeff Sluman (206) -- Gene Jones
2008Jeff Sluman (202) -- Craig Stadler, Fuzzy Zoeller
2007Gil Morgan (207) -- Hale Irwin
2006Scott Simpson (204) -- David Edwards, Jay Haas
2005Hale Irwin (203) -- Morris Hatalsky, Craig Stadler, Gil Morgan
2004Craig Stadler (201) -- Jay Haas
NOTE:Formerly called Walmart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach (2004-09).

Top Contenders in the Field
Player200420052006200720082009
Jeff Sluman------------WonWon
Gene Jones------------T-302nd
Mark O'Meara---------T-21T-41T-3
Tom Lehman---------------T-3
David EgerT-5T-14T-25T-43T-8T-5
Loren Roberts---T-11T-7---T-14T-5
Olin Browne---------------T-5
Fred Funk------------T-4T-8
Tom WatsonT-37T-50T-143rdT-30T-8
Tom JenkinswdT-50T-44T-21T-30T-8
John Cook------------wdT-12
Scott Simpson------WonT-4T-8T-14
Tom KiteT-3T-40T-5T-21T-14T-14
Mark Wiebe------------T-14T-21
Gil MorganT-18T-2T-11WonT-21T-30
Mike ReidT-37T-50T-64T-33T-14T-38
Hale IrwinT-3WonT-252ndT-30T-38
Dan Forsman------------20thT-46
Jay Haas2ndT-9T-2T-7T-25---
Fred Couples------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Fred Couples
Darkhorse - Tommy Armour III
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Fred Couples) - Finished 3rd
Last Week's Darkhorse (Mark Calcavecchia) - Finished tied for 15th
 
NOTES:The Champions Tour travels to California this week for the Home Care &
Hospice First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. Eight of the top 10 players on the money list are competing this week. Money leader and five-time 2010 winner Bernhard Langer and two-time '10 winner Nick Price are the only top 15 players not in the field. Fred Couples will be trying to join Langer as the only players to win at least four times on tour this season. Couples, who is second on the money list, currently trails Langer by $325,883.

Last year, Jeff Sluman carded a hole-in-one and fired a four-under 68 in the final round to win this event for the second year in a row. Sluman was the only player in the final three groups to break par during a breezy final round on the California coast. He ended at 10-under 206 for a two-shot win over Gene Jones. Sluman's hole-in-one came at the 178-yard fifth hole.

In 2008, Sluman closed with a five-under 67 in the final round to cruise to a five-shot win over Craig Stadler and Fuzzy Zoeller. Sluman finished at 14-under-par 202, one shot off Stadler's tournament record score. It was Sluman's second win of the season and he was the only player in the field to record all three rounds in the 60s.

Gil Morgan posted rounds of 65-67 on the weekend in 2007to hold off Hale Irwin and win. Morgan completed his 25th Champions Tour victory at 14-under- par 202. He moved into third place on the Champions Tour all-time wins list, which Irwin tops. Pebble Beach is where Morgan became the first player in U.S. Open history to reach double figures under par. That came when he got to 10- under during the third round of the 1992 U.S. Open. He pushed his score to 12- under in the third round that week, before giving it back. He closed with rounds of 77-81 to end eight behind winner Tom Kite.

In 2006, Scott Simpson birdied the final hole to earn his first Champions Tour crown. Simpson, who won the 1987 U.S. Open at Olympic Club, closed with a four-under 68 to end at 12-under-par 204. He was the only player in the field to record three rounds in the 60s.

Irwin tallied four birdies in his final eight holes in the final round in 2005 to shoot a four-under 68 and win. He finished at 13-under-par 203 and won by a stroke over Morris Hatalsky, Stadler and Morgan.

This tournament serves as the national championship for The First Tee, an initiative of the World Golf Foundation which provides young people of all backgrounds an opportunity to develop life-enhancing values through golf and character education.

Del Monte Golf Club replaced Bayonet Golf Course in 2005 as the tournament's second site. Del Monte, at 6,357 yards, is the shortest course on the 2010 Champions Tour schedule. Del Monte Golf Club, which was established in 1897, is the oldest golf course in continuous operation west of the Mississippi River.

This tournament is like no other, as Champions Tour players are teamed with select junior players from around the country and amateur contestants. Friday and Saturday will have play on both courses with the 10 leading amateur teams and 22 juniors joining the 74 professionals for the final round at Pebble Beach.

The Champions Tour moves to the Far East next week for the inaugural Posco E&C Songdo Championship at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Korea.

08/31 16:36:20 ET

As of August 31, 2010, at 04:36 PM ET